Last week, I introduced our $10+ Patrons to itch.io which is a new (and potentially much better) way to distribute digital rewards to all of you. From all reports, the Patrons who tried it had no problems setting up an account and accessing their rewards using the new platform.
So since that seems to have been a rousing success, this gives me the opportunity to add some exciting, new rewards!
Access to Previously Posted NSFW Pin-Ups!
One of the most frequent requests I get from new Patrons is for the ability to access previously posted NSFW pin-ups. As you know, there are a variety of reasons why I don't want to keep NSFW pin-ups here on the Patreon site, so I only keep each one available for a couple months after I first post it. Over the last couple years, I have been re-releasing the NSFW pin-ups as Flashback Friday posts on a nearly monthly basis, but that still means new Patrons have to wait to download them, sometimes for a very long time.
A number of Patrons have suggested to me that I do what other creators have done, which is making the NSFW pin-ups available for individual sale through a service like Gumroad or my own store. ($5/each seems to be the going rate for most other creators.) But I think I have a better (and ultimately more rewarding) option for y'all.
Because I can make sure that only current Patrons can access the links on itch.io, I've created two new "libraries" there.
For $10+ Patrons, I've create a library called "Special Patreon Pin-ups" that contains every NSFW pin-up I've ever posted here. That's over 30 sexy pin-ups featuring my characters from Artifice and The Young Protectors! You can access that library here:
NSFW Library for $10+ Patrons:
Access to All the High-Res Pin-Ups!
In addition to sexy pin-ups, I've also been sending out high-res versions of all the pin-ups to $10+ Patrons for quite some time. These pin-ups offer over twice the resolution of the regular pin-ups, so you can see all the exquisite details the artists put into the work.
Up to now, there hasn't been any way to access previously sent high-res art, but today that changes! There are some Patrons who have been supporting us at the $25+ level and I wanted to create something special for them too, as a way to say thank you for the extraordinary support—and from now on, $25+ Patrons will have the ability to download every single high-res pin-up I've ever sent out.
This library is a huge cache of images (we're now at 80 high-res pin-ups!), so I think it'll be a nice treat, for new and long-time Patrons alike. :)
High-Res Library for $25+ Patrons:
$10+ and $25+ Patrons, even new ones, can access those libraries immediately. That means, if you want to, if you aren't already a $10+ or $25+ Patron, you can bump up your patronage for just this month and download everything all at once—something I think is a far better deal than having to pay $5 for each individual pin-up.
To be honest, I'll probably still decide to sell them individually to the public for $5 each (itch.io now makes that very do-able), but as Patrons, I want you to have something special and I want you to be able to get it all right now.
Of course, I hope that you will stick with the higher level of support once you've bumped up—your support really is what keeps this comic going and, over the last few months, the total Patreon support has actually fallen under the amount I need to break even— but either way, if there are pin-ups you've wanted to see but haven't been able to, now you can make that happen. :)
How to Access the Libraries of Pin-Ups
In order to access the rewards, you'll have to set up an itch.io account (if you haven't yet). And after that, once you have an itch.io account set up, you'll then connect it with Patreon. From what everyone has said, this all seems to be very straight-forward and easy (start by clicking one of the library links above), but please let us know in the Comments if you encounter any snags—we can all help each other with this new platform.
Once you're logged in, this is what you'll see:
On the left of the page are the download links. And on the right are thumbnails of the pin-ups with the filenames so you can get a preview of what you'll be downloading.
This Is Just the Beginning
I've been saying for the last couple months that I've been working on some new rewards, and these "download library rewards" are two that I've been very excited to share. But there will be more!
In particular, I have two very cool rewards for the $5+ Patrons I'm working on that I'll launch very soon (once I've stomped out the few remaining technical bugs) and also something special for all Patrons, regardless of pledge level.
Please stay tuned. Y'all are the only reason I'm able to keep this comic going, I'm so grateful to you all, and I want to make being one of my Patrons as rewarding as possible. :)
Thank You For Making The Young Protectors Possible
I hope you like the ability to now download previously unavailable rewards. Like I said, it's something folks have asked about for a long time. Please let me know what your experience is with itch.io. And please let me know in the comments below if there are any of those previously posted pin-ups you particularly love. (I'll look into making more like those!)
Thank you again for making this comic possible and for being total super-heroes! You all rock! :D